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8 popular malawian books
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Africa Challenge" were written by authors from Malawi. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

1.

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver EN

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Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
A terrifying 1930s ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.

2.

Nectar by Upile Chisala EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
From beloved Malawian storyteller Upile Chisala comes the revised and expanded edition of her second collection of poetry. In nectar, Chisala guides readers through a beautiful process of growth and renewal. These poems celebrate our always complex, sometimes troubled roots while encouraging us to grow through and beyond them toward a passionate self-love. Chisala's hope is that her words will encourage readers to sow seeds of change in their own lives and the lives of others.

3.

No Easy Task by Aubrey Kachingwe EN

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Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
A book about a young journalist who ends up involved in the political events that led his country to independence from Great Britain.

4.

Smouldering Charcoal by Paul Tiyambe Zeleza EN

Rating: 4.5 (4 votes)
Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
Chronicles the lives of two families in post-colonial Africa, the first - poor, working-class and ill-educated - is compared to the young politically aware college student and her journalist fiance. The middle-class pair become victims of the same brutal violence that the poor and powerless suffer.

5.

Soft Magic by Upile Chisala EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
'soft magic.' is the debut collection of prose and poetry by Malawian writer, Upile Chisala. This book explores the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, the experience of Diaspora, spirituality and most of all, how we survive. 'soft magic.' is a shared healing journey.

6.

The Bird Boy's Song by Steve Chimombo EN

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Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
The Bird Boy's Song is a retelling of the common Malawian folk story. "The Orphan and the Slave". The story recounts a slave's usurpation of his master's place, which he enjoys for a short time, until he is unmasked. The author used modern storytelling techniques to dramatise this popular trickster tale.

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer EN

Rating: 5 (3 votes)
Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village. When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle... continue

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The Jive Talker : An Artist's Genesis by Samson Kambalu EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Africa / Malawi flag Malawi
Description:
What do you do when it looks like the odds were stacked against you before you were even born, when you're having trouble feeding a family that just keeps growing, when you've got a little too much of an affection for Carlsberg Brown and when the life president of your country, Malawi, keeps shuffling around the public health system that employs you, forcing you and your family into perpetual nomadism? You catch up on your reading, adding I'm OK, You're OK and Nietzsche to the bathroom library. Holding on to your dignity, you keep dressing up in threadbare three-piece suits you ordered from Lo... continue


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